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grover norquist refuses to declare whether decoupling would violate his group's pledge, that, too, gives a whole lot of cover to the speaker. and when more and more rank-and-file republicans come out publicly every day in favor of passing the senate bill, that, too, gives cover to the speaker. you really have to absolute cram tom cole. he was the first one on the other side to dare speak the truth about what should be done on taxes and he's been on tv almost every day making the case to his party in public. the day after congressman cole went public he was dismissed as having a minority opinion. well, that's not true anymore. his comments sparked a trend. in addition to those republicans who have spoken out publicly there are probably dozens of other tom coles in the house who just don't feel free to speak their mind but agree with him privately. just this morning in an appearance on cable television, the junior senator from oklahoma, an unquestioned conservative, came out in favor of higher tax rates on the wealthy. he said -- quote -- "personally, i know we have to raise revenue. i rea
. didn't you? i am getting an example of a progressive group. grover norquist did. there is a bit of a broad consensus in favor of open data. i think what has to happen in the data areas that business has to get involved because politicians. [indiscernible] and at least in this area, the area that i work on, companies are realizing that was the government begins publishing information which is a voluble public resource that we build business models on it and it will not favor any particular competitive business intermission will be out there for the smallest developer and the largest silicon valley player to use to pursue their own businesses. >> let me just say, we never drink kool-aid. we have always been, i think, pretty aggressive about our views. we have been pretty critical. we were always pushing for more. so i think -- i know you will see more of that from us. we think that is our obligation and our responsibility. that said, we will work with allies while we have them. i have not really mentioned the national archives and records administration, but i have been extremely
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